While His Democratic Challengers Prioritize Impeachment, Senator Tillis Is Getting Things Done For North Carolinians

December 20th, 2019

Tillis Delivers Major Wins Through Defense Authorization Act And Companion Appropriations Package

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the same week that Forbes cited the pro-growth policies that he implemented as Speaker as reasons why North Carolina is once again the best state in the nation to do business, Senator Tillis also secured major wins for North Carolina families through the National Defense Authorization Act and its companion appropriations package.

“While his Democratic challengers support Nancy Pelosi’s baseless impeachment pushthat is preventing Congress from working on the issues that matter, Senator Tillis is focused on getting things done for the people of North Carolina,” said Tillis campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo. “The wins that Senator Tillis secured this week provide further proof that having a leader in Washington who will work with President Trump to fund the military, support veterans, and secure our border is a benefit for all North Carolinians.”

As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, Senator Tillis led the effort to get the following provisions into the The National Defense Authorization Act:

  • An across the board 3.1% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines
  • Meaningful steps to address the serious issues with the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI)
  • Efforts to address military sexual assault prevention and response, support military spouse employment, and expand health care for military members and their families

The appropriations package that Tillis supported includes:

  • $2.2 billion for North Carolina’s military bases; including more than $1.1 billion for Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River to recover from Hurricane Florence
  • $8.9 billion for implementation of the VA Mission Act
  • $1.4 billion for border wall funding
  • $3.8 billion increase to combat opioid addiction
  • $500 million for programs under the Violence Against Women Act
  • $550 million for rural broadband expansion
  • Additional $1.5 billion in agricultural disaster assistance that was unspent from the Fiscal Year 2017 is being reprogrammed to help farmers impacted by 2018 and 2019 natural disasters
  • $400 million increase for USDA state disaster block grants
  • $43 million in additional funding to help address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • The highest level of HBCU funding ever
  • A repeal of harmful Obamacare taxes like the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices, the sales tax on health insurance (HIT), and the excise tax on employer-provided health insurance plans (Cadillac)